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Seagull Theatre, Morton Road, Pakefield, Lowestoft (24th); Royston Folk Club, The Old Bull Inn, High Street, Royston, Herts (29th); Ropetackle Arts Centre Little High Street, Shoreham, West Sussex (30th).

Martin Carthy & John Three Cane Whale

solo dates at Live At The Star, The Admiral Bar, Waterloo Street, Glasgow (9th Feb); The Old Laundry Theatre, Crag Brow, Bowness (12th); String Jam Club The County Hotel, High Street, Selkirk (13th); The Tin Hut, Gartly Community Hall, Nr Huntly (14th); House Concert, Edinburgh (16th); Kings Place, York Way, London, N1 (19th).

Chris Wood plays at Celtic Connections, Glasgow (with The Shee) (15th Jan); Celtic

Connections, Glasgow (16th); The Poppy Folk Club, The Poppy And Pint, Pierrepont Road, Lady Bay, West Bridgford, Nottingham (24th); Colchester Folk Club, Colchester Arts Centre (25th); The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, East Street, Havant, (28th); West End Centre, Queens Road, Aldershot (30th); Chapel Arts Centre, Lower Borough Walls, Bath (31st); The Met Studio, Stafford Gatehouse Theatre (1st Feb); Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane (5th); House Concert, Braunston (6th); The Stables Theatre, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes (7th); Chris Wood & Andy Cutting play a rare duo date at Cecil Sharp House, Regents Park Road, London on 17th Jan.

Fairport Convention bring their winter tour dates to The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury (28th Jan); Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry (29th); The Atkinson, Southport (30th); St David’s Hall, Cardiff (31st); Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury (2nd Feb); Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent (3rd); City Varieties, Leeds (4th); Alnwick

Chris Wood

Playhouse (5th); Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh (6th); Eden Court, Inverness (7th); Gala Theatre, Durham (9th); Whitby Pavillion (10th); The Stables, Milton Keynes (11th); The Apex, Bury St Edmunds (12th); The Maltings, Farnham (13th); Lincoln Drill Hall (14th); The Gulbenkian, Canterbury (16th & 17th); Connaught Theatre, Worthing (23rd); Corn Exchange, Exeter (24th); Weston-super-Mare Playhouse Theatre (25th); The Electric Palace, Bridport (26th); The Camp and Furnace, Liverpool (27th); The Lowry, Salford (28th).

Lynched join in on Cara

Dillon’s Christmas celebrations at The Convent, South Woodchester (as does Paul Brady) on 18th December, followed by January dates at Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle (29th) and Celtic Connections, Glasgow (30th).

Three Cane Whale play at

Brunel’s Goods Shed, Stroud (17th Dec) and then, with Maarja Nuut and cellist James Gow at St Pancras Old Church, London (20th Jan); St George’s, Bristol (21st).

Martin Carthy has solo dates at Guildford Folk Club, The Music Institute, Ward Street (15th Jan); Mill Race Folk, Bromham Mill, Bridge End, Bedford (16th); Celtic Connections, Old Candleriggs, Glasgow (as part of Freeland Barbour’s book launch (19th); The Old Cinema Launderette, Marshall Terrace, Gilesgate, Moor, Durham (22nd);

Kirkpatrick play their first duo tour in many a year with dates at The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent (12th Feb); Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street (13th); Folk Three, Cheltenham Town Hall (14th); Nettlebed Folk Club, The Village Club, High Street (15th); Cecil Sharp House, Regents Park Road, London (17th); Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peters Hill, Grantham (18th); Bright Phoebus, The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield (19th); St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Off Park Street, Bristol (25th); The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley (26th); The Stables Theatre, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes (27th); Vivacity Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough (28th).

Martin Simpson plays solo at Jersey Arts Centre, Phillips Street, St Helier (19th Dec);Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath, Birmingham (10th Feb); The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford (11th); The Floral Pavilion, Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Wirral (12th); Folk Three, Cheltenham Town Hall (14th); The Octagon, Yeovil (18th); Farncombe Music Club, St. John’s Church, St. John’s Street (19th); The Hinckley ACT, Sketchley Meadows Business Park, Watling Close, Burbage, Hinckley, Leicester (26th).

Peatbog Faeries bring festive fare to Melville Gardens, Montrose Town Hall (19th Dec); Edinburgh Hogmanay, Castle St Stage (31st); Celtic Connections, Glasgow (23rd Jan).

Tim O’Brien has dates at Celtic Connections, Glasgow (22nd & 23rd Jan); The Live Room, Caroline Social Club, Saltaire (29th); Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek (30th); Topsham Folk Club (31st); Beambridge Inn, Wellington (1st Feb); Nells Jazz & Blues Club, London (2nd); The Greystones, Sheffield (3rd ); The Convent,

Aoife O’Donovan

Stroud (5th); Sage Gateshead (6th); The Met Bury (7th).

Nancy Kerr & The Sweet

Visitor Band play at Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham (4th Feb); Lichfield Arts Centre (5th); The Convent, Stroud (6th); Theatre Severn (10th); Selby Town Hall, York Street (13th); Hitchin Folk Club (14th).

Aoife O’Donovan plays at

Tradfest, Dublin (27th Jan); Out to Lunch Festival, Belfast (28th); Celtic Connections, Glasgow (29th); Greystones, Sheffield (30th); The Met, Bury (31st); Tunnels, Bristol (1st Feb); Bullingdon, Oxford (5th Feb).

Gretchen Peters plays dates at Celtic Connections, Glasgow (31st Jan); Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (1st Feb); Gala Durham (4th); Atkinson, Southport (5th); Walker Theatre, Shrewsbury (6th); Hellans Manor, Much Marcel (7th); Pavillion Theatre, Rhyl (9th); Harpenden Public Halls (10th); De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-On-Sea (11th); Buxton Pavillion (13th); High Wycombe Town Hall (14th); Union Chapel, London (16th); Sheffield City Hall (Ballroom) (18th); Artrix Bromsgrove (19th); Bingley Arts Centre (20th); Queens Hall, Edinburgh (21st)

Patty Griffin has UK tour dates atThe Sage Gateshead (15th Jan); Celtic Connections, Glasgow (16th); Olympia, Dublin (17th); Cadogan Hall, London (21st); Trinity, Bristol (23rd); Glee Club, Birmingham (24th); Stables, Milton Keynes (25th); Manchester RNCM (26th).

Ewan McLennan plays at Celtic Connections, Glasgow, Scotland (with RANT) (29th Jan); Nailsea Folk Club (12th Feb); Twickfolk At The Cabbage Patch Pub, London Road, Twickenham (14th); Edinburgh Folk Club, The Pleasance Cabaret Bar (17th); Byre Theatre, St Andrews (18th); Tolbooth Stirling (19th); Craigmore Bowling Club, Grosvenor Road, Rothesay, Isle Of Bute (20th); Red Lion Folk Club, Kings Heath, Birmingham (24th).

Martyn Joseph has January dates at The Junction, Cambridge (21st); The Fisher Theatre, Bungay, Suffolk (22nd); The Lantern,

Photo: Ian Anderson

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